Mississippi Half Step-> El Paso, Peggy-O, Minglewood Blues, Candyman, From The Heart Of Me, Jack Straw Shakedown Street-> Good Lovin', Ship of Fools, Samson & Delilah, Terrapin Station-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Nobody's Fault But Mine-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Johnny B. Goode
April 7, 2017 Subject:
5th in 10
The show is known for the premieres of From the Heart of Me and Shakedown Street. This was the only time they played a fourth show at Red Rocks in one year. After ending the previous tour with the first-ever shows at Red Rocks (which, at 9000 seats was a lot bigger back then, and Denver much smaller), they worked on the new album. To prep for Egypt and fund the trip they then came back for two more shows followed by one at Meadowlands. In the meantime Billy broke his arm and played these shows in a cast. These were lower profile, short-notice shows, produced by John Sher instead of Fey (along with the following show with Willie & Jessi Colter). They're not as "on" as they were just 7 weeks previously, but when it comes to premiering songs, these were properly woodshedded.
First Set. Half Step Mississippi has a poor mix and it takes a bit for the band to find the groove. Matrix needed. El Paso is hissy, muffled and thumpy (roll off the highest and the lows). The AUDs are echo-y, with loud ambience, but you might try the Wiley. The band are still zeroing in. Jer stretches Peggy-O, taking 5, to pop the clutch on the set. Minglewood has the Denver Girls and The T for...oops the verse is missed, with the last verse played twice. From the Heart of Me is the 1st one and had just been written for the upcoming album. There would only be 29 in the next 6 months. Jack Straw, like the rest of the set is average '78.
Second Set. The 1st Shakedown Street is peppy and short. They would slot it all over the place by year's end - encore, show opener, but mostly the middle of the 2nd set - though it was in this position again in San Diego. Jer is ready to aggro-burble the end. I dig this arrangement with the jam ending. By comparison the next one, in Egypt, loses tempo the whole way and stretches 15mins, with the newer conclusion. Good Lovin' plays off the excitement (Donna's you got-you got-you got notwithstanding). Ship of Fools is solid with a nice tempo. Samson has Jer's most breathless playing of the night; seat-of-the-pants and getting better and better. The tempo is also good for an otherwise middling Terrapin>Playing. Drums are long, indulgent, and redolent of Hare Krsnas at the airport (look it up, kids). Space is used to practice the Ollin Arageed riff, to be brought to Egypt. Black Peter is a strong version, with good end jam and Donna, but they're just not on the same page for Sugar Magnolia. Before Johnny B. Goode, Bobby mentions that this was their 5th show in 10 months in Denver. Indeed, it was also the start of greater frequency in Colorado. Encore sources are poor but Jer and Keith play it well. A 2hr set and with a better-sounding SBD.
1st Set: C+ 2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3 stars
Shakedown Street - 1st one and worth hearing
Samson & Delilah - some breathless playing
SOURCES: There's finally a version with the missing songs (incl. From the Heart of Me). The miller.125882 is patched, pitch-corrected, complete and higher fidelity. The 1st set is still problematic but better. Viva la Carlos Miller!
@boscomorgan - so yr saying (in ALL CAPS): click "Add Review", title the review, write out a review of the show in the Review box, rate the show, click the Submit Review button, but DON'T review or rate the show? Should we also just assume every show was rehearsed and identical?
@Greyfoldedsom - thanx for sharing
March 17, 2011 Subject:
I didn't love this show overall but some of the high points earned an extra star from me especially that excellent 1st Shakedown. Also a really good NFA > Black Peter with a short Nobody's Fault jam during NFA.
July 22, 2010 Subject:
Terrapin has a cut before reaching its climax.
The SBD cuts at 7:51. About 1:10 is missing.
The AUD however is complete. (I wrote Charlie Miller and suggested a patch.)
August 31, 2009 Subject:
First Ollin Arageed ??
The space of this show became known as ollin arageed. They must have started working up this tasty groove to lay on the Egyptian heads in a few weeks. This whole show is great. I never made it to Red Rocks myself , so thank yous to those making these shows available to us now. This 50+ yr old head is like a kid in a candy store. Aloha
February 2, 2009 Subject:
Shake it Down
My first Red Rocks show. The stars had aligned so that our 2'nd season working in Yellowstone happened to wrap up just in time for a carload of us to get to the venue at 3 pm showday. As we sat taking it all in some kids who'd been at the previous night's show filled us in on some highlights...seems like Stagger Lee had made its debut. Of 6 who made the trip down from Wyo., 4 were attending their first GD show. RW & i got a kick out of listening to that bunch good-naturedly rib us about our level of excitement..i mean a coupla' them guys thought no band could possibly be more interesting than ELO & we didn't challenge that assertion or hype what we knew about the whole dang deal..heck we were just the pilots. They were going in with us basically so they wouldn't have to wait in the lot. After the show we headed south toward New Orleans & home...very quiet & peaceful vibe in the car..no one said anything for a few hours. It was at dawn somewhere near Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo when i heard a small voice in the back say...'well, that Garcia guy sure has a lot of charisma'. Spell broken, the 4 newbies talked excitedly about the experience all the way to Fort Worth, then passed out. GD played 20 shows at Red Rocks between 78 & 87 and i was at 15 of them..it became a ritual to get up there every summer they played the place. We stuck it out thru cold rain, snow, lightning, tornados, ice storms, warm days & starry nights..regular eastern slope late summer weather. This was the last show before the band went to Egypt & i thought then & now that the Giza Sound & Light Theatre at the foot of the Great Pyramid must have been the only place on earth more dramatic than Red Rocks for a GD concert.
August 28, 2008 Subject:
WHY NOT JUST SIT BACK AND DIG IT?
WHY IS IT THAT SO MANY PEOPLE FEEL THE NEED TO DIESECT EVERY NOTE PLAYED? HOW ABOUT JUST SITTIN' BACK AND DIGGIN' THE MUSIC? BUT WHAT IS EQUALLY AS STRANGE IS NOT ONE PERSON SAID 1 WORD ABOUT 8/30/78.THIS SHOW IS 2 SETS THAT DESERVES A BIG OL'PUDDLE JUST LIKE THE ONE WE DID THAT NIGHT. THE MUSIC IS COOLER WHEN YOU JUST LISTEN INSTEAD OF TRYING TO BE THE CRITIC ON EVERYTHING THAT GOES DOWN.
August 28, 2008 Subject:
first time played...
it should be noted, this is the debut of Shakedown St
Reviewer:Mr. Charlie - Lambertville
November 5, 2007 Subject:
THIS IS NOT A SOUNDBOARD!!!!!!!
Release the cracken!! Let us download it!!! Pay attention!!!! And thank you for everything...by the way.
August 21, 2007 Subject:
First ever shakedown according to my Deadbase[is number 7deadbase so its quite old,only goes til 1993 summer tour]
this show has first shakedown and first heart of me according to deadbase7. This boot has good sound and the first shakedown in this quality is a must have
April 10, 2007 Subject:
There's a very calm, serene feeling with this show. It starts off with a great Mississippi with great harmonies on the "across the river grand-eo" part followed by a nice long jam. el paso is clear and solid. not the best peggy-o but jerry's vocals are great. also great on candyman "won't you tell everybody you meet" bob throws fuel on the fire in a great verson of minglewood. the second set starts off with a great shakedown. my favorite part of the show is the NFA->black peter. sounds like a great night in a great venue.
April 6, 2007 Subject:
One of the best RED Rocks show, Terrapin, goodlovin, great sound.... Bookmark this one
August 5, 2005 Subject:
I can't believe nobody has reviewed this one yet. SBD snob that I am, I'll skip over the first set, and get to the heart of the matter. For the first cracker out of the box, this is an incredible Shakedown Street! If you take nothing else away from this show, get this. It's about the tightest one I've heard. I only wish the Good Lovin' was as prescision a version. Ship Of Fools and Samson are OK, but listen to Garcia snarling out the lyrics in parts of Terrapin! Sadly, tragically, it cuts(no patch) before the crescendo, but still it's a good one. PITB has a nice(DJG notwithstanding) lilting march thing before drifting into the abyss, where Jerry's right on the money. Cool Drums > Space, which incorporates that trippy Egyptian beat thing(Ollin Arageed?)before floating into a thunderous NFA. Unfortunately, the SBD is replaced with the AUD source about 11 minutes in. The sound is decent enough, but the speed is off. Having said that, the Black Peter is really quite good, into S. Mag., and missing the JBG encore(who cares at this point?). 3 is too low, so I'll give it 4 for the SBD portions, but a mental 5 for Shakedown Street. Oh, for a complete board of this one!